Best way to copy iMac hard drive to Macbook hard drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by blakediamond, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. blakediamond macrumors newbie

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    I want to basically have an exact copy of my iMac on my Macbook. I was first about to use superduper till I thought about the drivers and such. Is time machine my best bet here?
     
  2. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    Copy your documents across by using an Ethernet cable, a network / wireless connection, external hard drive, CD-R / DVD-R / USB Flash drive, or simply emailing them to yourself from one computer to pick-up on the other.

    Applications should be installed from the original CDs / DVDs / downloads.
     
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    Just curious... any reason you didn't just do the transfer when you set up the Macbook/installed OSX on it?
     
  4. blakediamond thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That seems a bit tedious, is that a better solution then a time machine backup?
     
  5. blakediamond thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I just got the macbook off Craigslist and just replaced the hard drive now. Snow leopard is installing as we speak, I'm just wondering if I should do a TM restore when it prompts me.
     
  6. model citizen macrumors member

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    You could use carbon copy cloner to make an exact copy of the hdd.
     
  7. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    There's the answer.
     
  9. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    When i got my new iMac, I did the Time Machine restore and it worked beautifully and painlessly. The only issues were with my licenses of Quark and Adobe CS3, which were easily fixed after a little Googling.
     
  10. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    It is a bit time consuming, but at least you're not transferring a load of old dross that you no longer want nor a pile of useless old bits that are no longer needed ... not to mention issues with drivers, etc. that the new machine doesn't like. It also give you a chance to have a good clean out of your own documents. :)
     
  11. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Definitely use Migration Assistant, even though the Basic Drivers for every Mac that Apple supports are included in any OS X install (I have several blank installs on an external that I use to image Macs when I acquire them) :D
     

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